Oct. 19, 2003
JERSEY CITY, NJ - Loyola's men's soccer team controlled the pace and the first-hafl tempo, but could not take advantage of scoring opportunities and fell 1-0 to St. Peter's in Jersey City on Sunday afternoon.
"It was a tale of two halves," say Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "I think we played well enough in the first half, but St. Peter's got the better of us in the second half and unfortunately that was enough to win the game."
Freshman Omar Alfonso had the game's first scoring opportunity only three minutes into the contest. A handball in the box gave Alfonso a penalty kick that he bounced off the post. The Greyhounds had other shots, but after 45 minutes, the score was still 0-0.
"It's unfortunate that we couldn't put the game away when we had so many chances," says senior Steve Coleman. "When you let a team stick around like that, anything can happen."
St. Peter's did stick around and it was Adam Ciklic who got behind Loyola's defense with less that 10 minutes left on the clock. Ciklic got the ball and was able to score at close range, putting his shot past freshman goalkeeper Justin Chelland, who played well on the day.
"We're a young team," says senior Jay Joyce. "In the past, we probably would have won that game. We'll be alright, we just need to learn how to win games like the one we played today."
The loss drops Loyola to 7-4-3 overall and to 4-2-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds take a break from MAAC play and host American this Wednesday night at Germantown.
"These next two games against American and George Mason are a nice break from the MAAC," says Joyce. "Of course we want the win both games, but non-conference games give us an opportunity to work on some things."
"We're in the middle of a tough MAAC race," adds Coleman. "This loss really hurts, but we have to regroup and finish out strong to position ourselves for the tournament in Florida."
Loyola closes the regular season with Canisius and Niagara at home on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The Greyhounds have the nation's longest current home unbeaten streak at 32 games.